Fundamentals of Physics

A middle grades, hands-on science course

Spring 2023


Physics begins with our everyday life, describing the matter, forces, and energy of ordinary experiences. In our everyday actions, such as walking, driving a car, or using a phone, physics is at work. Physics is interesting to us because we are curious about how the world works.

Fundamentals of Physics is a cooperative, activity-based class, with both in-class activities and a project or “challenge” to complete each week outside of class. Readings, videos, and review materials will also be provided for use outside of class. A material list will be given before the beginning of class, and materials will be easily accessible and affordable. Some materials may need to be purchased online.


  • Kinetic and Potential Energy 
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Newton's Laws 
  • Force, motion, velocity, acceleration 
  • Gravity
  • Friction
  • Simple Machines 
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Electromagnetism

Class Information

Age Range: 10-13

Class type: Live

Class dates: January 12 - April 20, 2023 (No Class March 2)

Class Size: 6-12 Learners

Day & Time: Thursday 3:00-4:00 pm EST



All student assignments and projects turned in will be given specific, individualized feedback by the instructor. Lessons and activities meet important Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle grades. 

Live Classes

Classes will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm EST. The class will meet for approximately one hour.

Time Commitment

Approximately 1-2 hours of work outside of live class times.

Skills Needed

  • Fundamentals of Physics is geared toward grades 5th-8th (approximate ages 10-13), so all participants should be able to read, write, and complete assignments at this level. There will be some basic math skills needed, but calculators are acceptable. 
  • Accommodations can be made on an individual basis. Please contact the instructor to discuss one-on-one.
  • Students in this class should be able to work cooperatively during class times with other students.

Supply List

To participate in this class, learners will need the following:

  • Internet access
  • Zoom (free account)
  • A computer with microphone and camera for in-class participation
  • Google account (free) for turning in assignments.

Other supplies:

  • Legos, K’Nex (basic building blocks with wheels) or other building set
  • Balloons, bottles, old CD, and other household items
  • A strong magnet, iron nail, paper clips
  • Wires, small light bulbs, D batteries (a detailed list will be provided before class)

*There will be specific materials listed for each week's activities posted at least two weeks before the class starts. 

Pricing Information


 Fundamentals of Physics: $275 per student

Contact Information

Please contact Alison Blanco at [email protected] with any questions about this course.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Do you want a year of high-quality science at a discount for your late elementary through middle school aged students?

SEA Online Classes Science teachers, Blair Lee and Alison Blanco, have teamed up to help you out. Here’s how it works. Choose one of their three Fall courses and pair it with one of their three Spring courses. When you do, you will get a refund of $25 for each course. That is $50 total in refunds. You can choose courses from either of the two teachers, or just one teacher for the entire year. To get the refunds, you will need to purchase the second course within 48 hours of the purchase of the first course.

The courses run from 14 to 16 weeks. They meet important Next Gen Science Standards. All course materials are included with the classes.

The Course Options for the Fall Semester Are:
The Course Options for the Spring Semester Are:

The table below shows courses that would pair well with each other for a full year focused on similar areas of science. But, any pairing of a Fall and Spring course gets the discount. 

Blair and Alison have worked together to ensure the course material is not redundant to another course. Your learner will be covering unique material from one semester to the next.

If you have any questions, please reach out to: Blair at [email protected] and Alison at [email protected]